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Tips for Calling in Mallards: Separator Call

In the fifth installment of this nine-part calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , teaches us how to perform the separator call, which is also known as the feeding chuckle. Give a listen, and learn how to sound just like feeding ducks on the water. Click...


Waterfowl Weirdness: Trick Shots You Must Master

I love those classic duck and goose hunting shots. You watch the target come into range, rise with perfect form and footing and then follow through precisely, just like at the skeet range. Thing is, you’re not at the skeet range. Or the trap field. Or even a sporting clays...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Standing On It

In the fourth installment of our video calling tutorial, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains the importance of "standing on the call." The simple variation of the first note tells ducks that your spread means business. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us...


How to Blow Your Duck Hunt Before Firing a Shot

If you’ve spent much time knee-deep in green timber or hunkered in a muddy field, you know many factors can ruin a hunt. The weather might change. Shooting can go south. Dogs break. Or the situation just goes sideways. But often, we sabotage hunts before loading our guns, usually because...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Greeters

In the third installment of this calling series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , shows you how to huff out perfect greeters. And he imparts some calling wisdom given to him years ago by a legendary pro. Further, he shows you how to sound like several ducks on...


Early Geese are Different

The first shots of goose season echoed across many states this past week, kicking off the 2018-’19 hunt. Early morning smiles and multi-honker piles have returned. But although the act of September goose hunting — endless scouting, seeking permission, lugging decoys, grassing in blinds and tuning up calls — resembles...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Finding the Quack

In the first installment of this nine-part video series, Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , taught us how to find the range of a call. Here, in the second episode, he guides us toward finding the perfect hen mallard quack. Man, does that sound real. Click here for...


Researchers Marvel at Mysterious Wandering Hen

What’s the deal with Hen No. 173012? No one’s sure, but as part of Delta Waterfowl’s continuing study of ring-necked ducks , she and her compatriots continue to provide new glimpses into the world of these important birds. Hen No. 173012 and 13 other ringneck hens were implanted with transmitters...


Tips for Calling in Mallards

Duck season will be here before we know it, and many of us probably need to polish our calling skills a bit. Realtree pro Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , has the answers. He's produced nine video calling tutorials that we'll run weekly here in " The Duck...


Breeding Duck Numbers Decline, But Most Above Long-Term Averages

North America’s spring breeding duck population decreased in 2018, but Delta Waterfowl said the overall picture remains positive. The 2018 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report, released Monday, and based on surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service, estimated the 2018 breeding duck population...


What Your Waterfowl Hunting Journal Should Reveal

Waterfowl hunting journals let us relive our days afield, reveling in previous success, laughing at past folly and mentally transporting us to treasured places. But if that’s all they accomplish, we might have missed a great opportunity. A complete waterfowl journal should document the facts and circumstances behind every hunt,...


The 5 Stages of Duck Season

We can feel it. Duck season approaches, and our long national nightmare will soon pass. When that opening bell rings, life will take a familiar turn : early mornings, chilly boat rides, brilliant sunrises, muddy dogs and fresh protein. Yet even during duck season, nothing stays the same. Instead, we...


Get in Shape for Waterfowl Hunting Season

Some folks greet get-in-shape-now-for-hunting-season blogs and articles with not-so-subtle eye rolling, and it’s easy to see why. Most duck hunters are preparing for early-morning boat rides, not high-country sheep hunts. But if you do any walk- or wade-in hunting — think jump-shooting, free-lancing prairie potholes or lugging gear into fields...


Chad Belding's Off-Season Waterfowling Checklist

During the heat of summer, when almost everyone thinks more about boating and barbecues than hunting, some folks are busy preparing for waterfowl season . Just ask Realtree pro Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , which airs on the Outdoor Channel. He doesn’t get all that compelling duck...


Delta Waterfowl, Mississippi Partner for Wetland Incentive Program

Delta Waterfowl and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks have joined forces for a pilot program to boost wetland habitat in private land near several wildlife management areas in the Mississippi Delta. Under the 2018 Mississippi Private Land Wetland Incentive Program, Delta and the MDWFP will offer incentive...


Mama Merganser Achieves Worldwide Fame

Make fun of mergansers all you want. One industrious Minnesota hen has become an online sensation for her incredible matriarchal prowess. Mama Merganser, as she’s been dubbed, gained fame this past week when photos of her leading 76 ducklings ran on social media and many print and online news outlets,...


What Grandpa Would Think About the Waterfowling Social Media Scene

Grandpa and other hunters of his generation have provided us with deep waterfowling knowledge gleaned through long experience afield. Still, we’ve wondered now and then what he might think of the modern duck and goose hunting scene. As someone recently pointed out, he’d probably be most astonished by the way...


Killer Coots?

We often laugh at the silly behavior of coots. However, video from Delta Waterfowl shows the seemingly goofy water birds in a new light. The footage, captured in 2016 as part of Delta’s Manitoba canvasback/overwater-nesting duck study , shows coots harassing hen canvasbacks, destroying nests and attempting to attack ducklings...


Whiffling: Ducks and Geese Put On a Twisting Show

We love watching the landing approach of any duck or goose , our heartbeats accelerating and focus narrowing as a distant bird suddenly morphs from a casual passerby to a cupped-and-committed volunteer. But when you add whiffling to the mix, the excitement level ratchets up another notch or two. When...


Things You'll Never Hear During the Duck Hunting Opener

Public-property waterfowl openers evoke many images, including those with lots of birds … and lots of hunters. The situation is ripe for exchanges and conversation. But let’s agree there are some comments you’ll never hear during a public opener. Here are a few tongue-in-cheek examples. “Gosh, those guys at the...


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